We have maintained the only known colony of black flies (Simulium vittatum cytospecies IS-7) for the past 27 years. A wide variety of research projects have been conducted with specimens from this colony and eggs and adults are readily available for approved collaborators. Our particular interest is Commercial Research and Development associated with the biological larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis and larval feeding, although adult feeding studies are currently being conducted. I have also worked on three continents conducting and advising black fly suppression programs. This work includes personally operating a localized black fly suppression program for the past 24 years in the southeastern United States.
Research Professional and Public Health Specialist
The University of Georgia
Area of expertise:Blackflies